Lincoln’s Legacy the Theme of Kitsap’s Annual ‘Law Day’


Kitsap’s “Law Day” festivities this Friday will focus on President Abraham Lincoln, in honor of his 200th birthday.

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton will deliver the keynote address Friday morning, heading up a program entitled, “”A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial,”
according to Paul Fjelstad, president of the Kitsap County Bar Association.

The festivities will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Kitsap County Commissioners’ Chambers.

Here’s more from Mr. Fjelstad:

“The ceremony will also honor several Kitsap County residents. Captain Mark
Olson, the commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, and his top Judge
Advocate General officers, will present the annual Outstanding Navy Legal
Professional award to Lt. Chad Temple of Naval Base Kitsap.

The Kitsap County Bar Association will present medals and cash awards to
local students who wrote the best essays in its annual essay contest. This
year’s essay questions continued the theme of Lincoln’s legacy, by asking
students to consider Lincoln’s life and presidency in connection with
America in the 21st century.

The Kitsap County Bar Association’s Scholarship Fund will present a full
one-year scholarship at Olympic College to South Kitsap High School Student
Audrey Coleman. This annual scholarship award was established in memory of
long-time Bremerton attorney Merrill Wallace.

Kitsap Legal Services will recognize volunteer lawyers who have been
especially generous in donating their time and providing free legal services
to Kitsap residents who need but cannot afford legal help. The Law Day
program will also recognize local students who are active in the county’s
Youth Court Program.

Finally, the Kitsap County Bar Association will present its annual Liberty
Bell Award – the Bar Association’s highest honor – to Lillian Walker. Mrs.
Walker is a 94-year-old resident of Kitsap County who has spent her life
working for civil rights and racial equality.

The first Law Day was proclaimed in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower. In
1961, the tradition was strengthened with a joint resolution of Congress
setting May 1 as Law Day. Throughout the country, local groups celebrate Law
Day each year at the beginning of May. In Kitsap County, our Law Day
Celebration has for many years been the Kitsap County Bar Association’s
premier event of the year, under the co-sponsorship of the Kitsap County
Superior Court. The Association and the Court invite all of Kitsap County to
join in celebrating our Legacy of Liberty this Friday, May 1.”

One thought on “Lincoln’s Legacy the Theme of Kitsap’s Annual ‘Law Day’

  1. I think that President Lincoln was a great man…..and it’s too bad that the ‘leaders’ we have today aren’t more like him!!! He was NOT afraid to make unpopular decisions for the good of ALL his fellow Americans! President Lincoln was quoted as saying one of his favorite things to do was to sit on his porch, smoke a little hemp and play his harmonica!!! He would be appalled that we are now incarcerating over one million Americans for doing what he so greatly enjoyed!!! A society that locks up people because it doesn’t like what some do to THEMSELVES is a society that needs to learn something from the past!!

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